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UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir
To Perform April 16
MAILED: April 5, 2000|
For the first time since 1988, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Concert Choir concert will feature the choir's alumni as part of its program.
The concert will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
"We have invited the alumni back to participate because this is a major celebration year for the Concert Choir," said conductor Gary Schwartzhoff, referring to the choir's European tour May 30 to June 15.
Former Concert Choir conductor Morris Hayes, who retired from the university in 1988, will conduct around 90 alumni during their three-song portion of the program. Caldwell Johnson, who's now 99 years old and conducted the choir before Hayes, also will attend the concert.
The concert will be the final event in the Concert Choir reunion weekend. There are events planned Saturday for the alumni to get together and enjoy fellowship, Schwartzhoff said.
The music selections the Concert Choir will perform are mostly a capella because they are the selections the choir will perform overseas.
"We will be performing music that will be exciting in European cathedrals. That was the main criteria for the concert's material," Schwartzhoff said, explaining instruments aren't allowed in cathedrals.
The choir will perform 16 pieces, including "Hark, I Hear the Harp's Eternal" arranged by Alice Parker and featuring senior Terri Songer, Wales, as a soprano soloist. Other selections are "Freedom Come" by Ben Allaway, featuring seniors Holly Olson, Portage, and Josh Countryman, Colfax, as soloists, and "Kyrie" by Knut Nystedt, featuring senior Adam Breininger, Ft. Wayne, Ind., as a baritone soloist.
On its European tour the Concert Choir will visit Great Britain, Wales, France and Germany. They will perform concerts in places such as St. Paul's Cathedral in London and Notre Dame in Paris.
"St. Paul's Cathedral only allows one choir per month to perform there and we were the one chosen for June," Schwartzhoff said.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $4.75 for adults; $3.75 for seniors, children 17 and under, and faculty or staff with a university ID; or $1.25 for students with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 5, 2000